TWO hospices in north Hampshire have received a one-off funding boost, to help support carers.

Hampshire County Council has given £10,000 each to St Michael’s Hospice, in Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, and Naomi House, in Sutton Scotney.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult social care and public health, said: “These grants will help ensure that carers have access to services to help them stay mentally and physically well at a time when they most need it.

“This could be through provision of information and advice to minimise the risk of financial hardship, being able to talk to others in a similar situation or by helping them to have a life outside of their caring role.”

The other hospices to receive money as part of the £80,000 scheme are Countess of Brecknock House, in Andover, the Rosemary Foundation, in Petersfield, Oakhaven Hospice, in Lymington, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, in Farnham, The Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook and Countess Mountbatten Hospice, in Hedge End.